Accounting and Budgets

 Across-the-board spending cuts could reduce school aid $219 million (1/23/2017) 
   Legislators are also considering approaches to school aid reduction involving cash balances.
 KASB webinar at 12:30 p.m. today to review Brownback's school budget (1/20/2017) 
   KASB will conduct a webinar at 12:30 p.m. today to review the impact of Gov. Sam Brownback’s school budget, which will trail increases in inflation, enrollment, and other changes and actually represent a decrease in operating budgets.
 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education developments before the Legislature (1/20/2017) 
   Kansas legislators this week started work on the budget and taxes and some key votes are expected next week. Meanwhile, the Kansas Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a 2014 law that stripped teachers of some procedural rights.
 Committees review governor’s plan to borrow idle funds (1/19/2017) 
   Those funds would be used to cover a projected $350 million deficit in the state general fund this, caused by a reduction in SGF tax revenue estimates.
 KASB webinar on Friday to focus on impact of Brownback's budget on schools (1/19/2017) 
   KASB’s Mark Tallman, associate director for advocacy, has prepared this analysis of the governor’s budget recommendations and will go over them in detail during the webinar.
 Legislators start discussion of possible repeal of LLC loophole (1/18/2017) 
   The House Taxation Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday on House Bill 2023, which would repeal the exemption.
 Time to fund schools to keep up with inflation, changing costs, needed programs (1/18/2017) 
   KASB urges the Legislature and Gov. Brownback to fund schools at the level needed to keep up with changing costs and invest in the programs known to drive student success.
 Kansas Capitol Connection: A weekly summary of education-related developments before the Legislature (1/13/2017) 
   Gov. Sam Brownback introduced his budget to kick off the 2017 legislative session and while his plan didn’t gain much support, it did show what a mess the state’s finances are in.
 Senators unpack governor's KPERS recommendations (1/12/2017) 
   Senators on Thursday unpacked Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposals on the state pension system and indicated they didn’t like what they saw.
 Governor's budget would reduce K-12 funding based on savings not proven (1/11/2017) 
   Brownback released his state budget proposal on Wednesday for the rest of this fiscal year and next two years.
 Committee bill introduced to repeal so-called `LLC loophole' (1/10/2017) 
   Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Assaria, the new chairman of the Taxation Committee, said legislators needed to work quickly to alleviate the state’s financial mess.
 KASB will conduct webinar at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on Brownback's budget plan (1/9/2017) 
   KASB will conduct a webinar at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday on Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed budget.
 Media, school leaders invited to pre-session webinar at 12:30 p.m. today (1/6/2017) 
   Members of the media and school leaders are invited to join a pre-legislative-session webinar at 12:30 p.m. today.
 Bill filed to require seat belts on school buses purchased after 2018 (1/5/2017) 
   A bill has been filed that would require new school buses in Kansas to have seat belts. House Bill 2008 was pre-filed by State Rep. Susie Swanson, R-Clay Center.
 Kansas still faces $340 million shortfall despite modest gain in December (1/4/2017) 
   The monthly revenue report released Tuesday was hailed as good news by Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration.
 Familiar face returning to lead House Education Committee (12/16/2016) 
   A familiar face is returning to lead the House Education Committee — state Rep.-elect Clay Aurand, R-Belleville.
 Legislators to review budget issues in advance of session (12/15/2016) 
   A panel of legislative leaders will review the challenging state of the state budget Friday, less than a month before the start of the 2017 session.
 Brownback talks budget, school finance, but gives no specifics (12/15/2016) 
   Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday held his pre-legislative session interview with several groups of newspaper and broadcast reporters and made some comments about the $350 million budget deficit and school finance, but didn’t provide specifics.
 Legislative Post Audit report on K-12 Federal Funds (12/8/2016) 
   After a request by Chair of the House Education Committee, Rep. Ron Highland, R-Wamego, the Legislative Post Audit office delivered its performance audit to the committee on Wednesday.
 Critics of Brownback's tax policies propose tax reform plan (12/8/2016) 
   A coalition of teachers, early childhood advocates, highway contractors and state employees unveiled a plan Wednesday to reverse most of Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax changes.
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